and now for the songs — August 12, 2021

40) The New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, “Mr. Tree”

If you look up the definition of “twee,” any decent dictionary will cite this song. Twee in a good way — delicate and heart-breaking. Three students at Juilliard formed the band, including Marty Fulterman — who as Mark Snow would compose the X-Files theme!

41) Nick Garrie, “St. Tropez Whore”

This song didn’t make the cut of the justly legendary “lost” Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas album. Nick recorded it for release in 2009.

“She’s the St. Tropez whore, and if your heart is sore, you can always turn to her to calm the pain. Oh she’s the St. Tropez whore and she always wants more, so please don’t leave her standing in the rain.”

42) Joe Tex, “Buying a Book”

Dave Marsh says in All Music Guide that Tex “made his mark by preaching over tough hard soul tracks, clowning at some points, swooping into a croon at others. He was perhaps the most rustic and back-country of the soul stars . . . .” In this story song, which reached #47 in May ’69 (#10 on Billboard’s R&B chart), a man of a certain age patiently answers the concerned but impertinent query of a youngster: “I saw this old man with this young girl the other night, I walked over to him and pulled him off on the side, and I said, pops, what are you trying to prove? I said, I’ve seen you out here every night this week, with a different young girl wrapped around your arm, I said, you can’t keep this pace up . . . .”

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